Pain Meds Can Be Funny

Maybe the title of this blog post should be, ‘Never take a sales call when you’re goofed up on meds’, but that’s too long.

That’s exactly what I did and the result led to one of the funniest experiences I’ve had in a long, long time. Something I wouldn’t have done without being goofed up on pain meds.

You’re probably wondering why I was on pain meds, let me assure you it was nothing terrible or nefarious, just a bit of laser surgery to remove an old tattoo I’m no longer in love with. That’s a whole other blog post, though. ;)

So Andy, a sweet guy from The Old Globe Theater calls me one night and asks if I’d like to get season tickets for the Globe. Every summer my friend Laura and I go see a Shakespeare play so I thought, sure! Actually, the pain meds thought it was a grand idea, the sensible part of me that doesn’t make snap decisions involving money was saying, ‘nooooooo!’. The pain meds won and I ignored boring old sensible me.

Part of the season ticket package was a play called, ‘Nobody Loves You’. A musical comedy about a reality show. Yes, you read that right. A musical comedy about a reality TV show.

What’s not to love about that, right? If you think I love trashy TV, you haven’t met my friend Laura. She’s addicted to everything from The Bachelor to The Real Housewives of Everywhere. So I knew she’d be excited for the play.

Sunday rolls along and off we go to Balboa Park to see our play. Except we sort of forgot it was Memorial Weekend and half the city wanted to be exactly where we were. We ended up parking a mile away with only ten minutes to go before final curtain call. Wouldn’t you know, this was the day I chose to wear my cute, strappy little sandals.

Ignoring the blisters forming on my feet (they are hideous!), we made it to the Will Call window just in time. Yay! There was a bit of a mix up at the box office about what day we were supposed to attend ~ they thought Saturday and I insisted it was Sunday. In truth, I was goofed up on pain meds, it might’ve been Saturday. Still, there was a moment of panic when I thought perhaps my ungraceful loping from the car to the theater might’ve been for naught.

Then a super sweet guy told us there was plenty of room, go right in. Thank you charming man with the headset!

The first thing you should know about the theater is that it’s small. We’re talking minimalist stage props on a twenty foot diameter stage with seven rows of seats. Let’s say it’s cozy.

The next thing you need to know is that Laura and I were clearly the youngest attendees. Well, except for the one teenage boy who was mortified for half the show and kept hiding his face. He was adorable and we couldn’t help but laugh at his expressions.

Lastly, you must understand that this is a musical comedy about a young man who, in an attempt to win back his girlfriend, goes on a ‘dating’ type show. Having a working knowledge of social media and the various sub-genres of reality shows is essential. The play basically makes fun of all reality shows. In song!

I’m sure by now you’ve all figured out why this was one of the funniest experiences of my life. The play was a riot. I highly recommend if this play comes to your town, run to see it!

Added to the hilarity of the play was the fact that half the time it was ONLY Laura and I laughing at the jokes. Did I mention we laugh really loud? I think I gave the poor guy next to me several mini heart attacks. Sorry sweet old dude sitting beside me!

The cast loved us. They would seriously look at us and wait until we finished laughing. Laura and I thought the only thing that would’ve made the play better was if it could be interactive. More audience participation would’ve rocked.

I guess the whole point of this post is that I took a chance on something I normally would’ve said no to, and from that I got a truly amazing experience. Sometimes, you just gotta get goofed up on pain meds to quiet the sensible voice in your head! Okay, not really but there are times when it pays to take a risk.

Have you ever had an amazing experience that might not have happened if you didn’t step out of your comfort zone? Please share with us!

Here’s a brief video that encapsulates some of the show, but really it’s way better live with the actors right there in front of you. Enjoy!

38 thoughts on “Pain Meds Can Be Funny

  1. Emma

    That play sounds hilarious. Your poor feet!!
    I went to a play last week called Shakers Re-Stirred in a tiny little theatre, less than 100 seats and I spent the 2 hours afraid my stomach would growl :)

  2. Natalie Hartford

    OMG this looks STELLAR! Huge Reality TV fan so I have no doubt I’d get the biggest kick out of it so if it comes my way, I’ll definitely be swinging by to catch it.
    Gotta luv those impromptu plans that create all kinds of awesomeness!! LOL!! That’s most of mine and hubby’s Saturday nights. LOL!!

    1. Tameri Etherton

      You would be dying! D.Y.I.N.G. of laughter at this show! In fact, I can see you and Hubby IN the show! Why aren’t you two in theater? Seriously, you need to do something about that. I would pay good money to see an impromptu Saturday night performance! Well, as long as there was no OSS. ;)

  3. Julie Catherine

    I’m not a huge reality tv fan – but when I was growing up in Ontario (Canada), it was part of my education to visit Stratford once or twice a year to watch plays, mostly Shakespeare. I absolutely loved it! Watching a play, the actors performing right in front of you, interacting with the audience, is a wonderful experience, not to be missed! :)

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Shakespeare is my first love and I will always choose one of his plays over one I don’t know, but finding new loves is always fun, too. How cool that is was part of your education ~ I’ve taken both kids to plays, but not as much as I should. I’ll have to rectify that immediately.

  4. August McLaughlin

    Ha!!! I now have a new reason to dig pain mess–stories like these. Loved every bit, minus your blisters. :(

    I stepped out of my comfort zone to sing on the Santa Monica Promenade. After the initial sweat and nerves, I had a blast. It gave me the courage to perform and record my original tunes, and a few bucks, pieces of gum and beer cans (yay tips! ;)).

      1. Tameri Etherton

        I knew what you meant! That’s why I was scarce last week ~ pain meds and commenting on blogs do not go well if I want any sort of coherency.

        Pieces of gum? That’s priceless! When were at the Santa Monica Promenade? The next time you go there to perform (or anywhere, for that matter), you have to let me know. I’ll totally come support you. And I’ll bring gum. Or beer. ;)

  5. Coleen Patrick

    Funny Tameri! I agree there have been many times I’ve been glad something forced me out of my comfort zone! :)

    1. Tameri Etherton

      It’s not always easy, but most of the time the pay off is so worth it. I’m trying to remember that in my dotage. I used to be a huge risk taker, when did I get so conservative?

  6. Kate MacNicol

    Love live theatre! I noticed one of your commentors Julie Catherine used to visit my hometown to see the plays. Fun post Tameri. Too bad about the blisters but it sounds like it was well worth it.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Julie went to your hometown? Wouldn’t that be wild if you actually met at some point in your lives? I love how small a world it really is.

      Totally worth the blisters. In fact, I’m taking my daughter to see it when she comes down after her marathon bike ride ~ but I’ll wear comfy shoes this time. :)

  7. Elena Aitken

    I love theater and reality TV. The perfect match!! Love it. Hope your feet are feeling better. :)

    1. Tameri Etherton

      You would love this show! Oh, man I can just picture you, Leanne, and Natalie at a show. If that ever happened, you’d have to tell me so I could tag along just to watch the three of you!

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  8. Kristy K. James...Living, Loving, Laughing

    Ouch for your poor feet! I’m too tired to remember any specific amazing experiences, but I know I’ve had some. However, I had to laugh at sensible part of your brain protesting against the medicated part. Percocet caused some serious arguments in my head for a couple of nights. The medicated part of my brain was convinced that there was someone outside my window with a gun…waiting to shoot me. The still logical part of my brain knew the medicated part was NUTS…but I still sat up (two nights in a row) until the sun was well above the horizon. I didn’t take any more Percocet after that. :)

    1. Tameri Etherton

      That darn sensible part of my brain has been rearing her sensible head far too much lately. I’m so sorry you had Percocet hallucinations! That’s terrible and totally scary. I’ve heard of that happening before, it’s weird how medication can affect us like that. Hopefully you won’t have to take pain meds for a long, long time!

  9. Gayle Carline

    I’m stepping out of my comfort zone even as we speak. (And I totally get the cute shoes/blisters thing. Been there, done that.) For some reason I cannot figure out, I decided to adopt a stray that came up to the ranch. She’s very cute, a golden retriever mix, but currently an anxious spazz who can’t settle for more than a minute. Part of my brain thought she’d be a good playmate for Duffy. Part of my brain is saying, “Great. TWO dogs. That’s TWICE the food, TWICE the vet bills, what are you thinking?” Duffy does not seem to want to play with her. She’s been here less than 24 hours, so I’m trying to wait and see if she gets better. I hope so, because right now, I’d name her Spazz. Not very dignified.

    That play sounds hysterical. I think I’d have been laughing just as hard at the audience not laughing.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Spazz (which, by the way you MUST keep as her name!), sounds like an adorable addition to your family. Duffy will come around, I’ve no doubt. He needed a playmate, after all. :)

      Have fun at the horse show and I hope you and Snoopy take home all blue ribbons! I assume Spazz stayed home with papa Dale?

  10. Debra Kristi

    I used to go to the live theater all the time. BFM (before marriage). What have I don’t that was stepping out of my comfort zone? I know they exist, it’s just trying to think of them on my miniscule amount of sleep. Flying high in the sky in a death trap? Hehe I can’t remember what they are called. Walking into a seedy bar for the first time. Loved it and repeated it often. LOL.

    So sorry about your poor little footsies. I hope they heal fast.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      What’s up with the BFM thing? We get married and it’s like we forget how to live as an individual! You step out of your comfort zone all the time, but maybe not on pain meds and for comedy shows. ;) Seedy bars are awesomely fun for stepping out of a comfort zone… I can’t remember the last time I was in one, but suddenly I have a penchant for playing pool. Hmmm…

  11. Raelyn Barclay

    Ha! Already looking to see if/when that might be coming my way :) I used to have season tickets to the opera…yep, the opera…and there was always at least one musical included at the end of the season. I got to see some amazing shows, a lot of which I wouldn’t have normally picked myself.

    Fabulous story Tameri! Sorry about the blisters but it kinda sounds like they were worth it.

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Blisters were totally worth it! Thanks. I love the opera. Ours in San Diego has this scroll thing at the top of the stage that has the words to the song and that bums me out. I like it better when I have to guess what’s going on by the tone/inflection of the songs and their body language. Ah, the old days of opera!

      I really hope this comes to your area. Apparently is was world premiering here, so it will be traveling around soon. Enjoy!

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Yeah, but my blisters were NOTHING compared to what you had to contend with. A new baby, a grumpy gallbladder, yikes! You are totally wonder woman in my eyes.

  12. Marcy Kennedy

    I laughed out loud over the clip you shared. I don’t know who I’d go with if it came to my town though (it would actually probably tank in my town for the same reason you two were the only ones laughing).

    1. Tameri Etherton

      Isn’t it great? And I love that they had Evan in there (the guy in the blue onesie jammies). When he came on stage Laura and I almost busted a gut laughing. Then later he was standing right by us and we could see the writing on his jammies ~ One Piece of Norway. Really? Who do those jammies belong to and why did they feel the need to be labeled as one piece of Norway?? It just made it even funnier. If it comes to your town, let me know and I’ll fly out so we can go together. I’m serious.

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